Saturday, March 11th:
I march, you march, we all march for gender equality!
Despite the bitter weather, thousands gathered in downtown Toronto to march in support of International Women's Day. Women and men of all ages, fueled by girl power and hot chocolate, trekked from the UofT Medical Sciences Building, along Bloor, and finished at Ryerson University on Gould Street. And amongst the satirical paper-mache Trumps and hand-painted signs, were your faithful Greenpeace volunteers (brrr!)!
Pre-march, the crowd gathered (squeezed!) into a UofT auditorium to listen to some very inspirational women share their stories of grit and courage challenging gender-related barriers, many of which persist today. Although the tales recounting the distance we've come were uplifting, the ultimate message was clear: the scale is still tipped and we cannot be complacent.
The march was organized by Women Working with Immigrant Women and the IWD Organizing Committee and has been going on for almost 40 years. According to the Toronto Star, who spoke with one of the event organizers, it is the largest turnout that they've ever had (let's go, ladies!).